Use U.S. goods, labor in complex
Now, why in the world would Pasco County want to build a sports complex? Do the elected officials know that these are tough times for most citizens?
If you have enough money to enjoy the good things in life, you had better start saving that money. Sure, building things helps in the short-term as far as employing people and such. But I find it very disturbing that the county had to find a group in California to tell the people of Pasco where to build. Are the folks in this county too ignorant to figure these things out? The $270,000 for a company to tell these folks where to build should and could have been better spent.
If the sports complex is approved, one thing that should be required: All builders and contractors must be American, and equipment and uniforms have to be made by American companies. No matter the sport to be played, if you can't or won't obey these terms, then the complex needs to be built in another country, and those that want this said complex should move to that country.
Richard Welch, Zephyrhills
Fasano looks out for the vulnerable
The Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter is an example of what is right in America. A need existed and that need was met. Politics and party affiliation were put aside to meet the needs of a community.
Without costumes of days gone by or silly tea bags, without accusations of socialism, and without the drama that surrounded the August meetings regarding health care in America, the state and Pasco County built and soon will open a health care clinic for the people.
Sen. Mike Fasano tenaciously pursued the need for this clinic and in no way sought recognition for himself. It is a tribute to the senator to have this shelter named in his honor, but in the eyes of the senator, it will be the people who will be helped by this shelter that are the real tribute.
For all of us, the uninsured, the nameless, faceless statistics, we are seen and recognized through this shelter. Sen. Fasano has never let down the women, the children, the crime victims nor the sick, and that is representation that transcends politics.
Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey
Re: Brown-Waite challenger Nov. 27, article
Brown-Waite helped make mess
After reading U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's comments that the Democrats are in denial, I ask her: Where was her voice for the last eight years, when spending was out of control? Massive deficits that almost bankrupted our great nation, not to mention one failed policy after another, tax cuts engineered for the top 5 percent — the list is long and consistent.
If there is any blame to be made, I would ask this question: Who was in charge for the last eight years? It took them eight years to bring this great nation to its knees. How do you expect the Democrats to fix it in less than one year? Here is the bottom line, after a decade of supporting my party (Republicans) I am ashamed of what they have done to this great nation.
Wake up, guys. The failure is yours alone, no one else's. It is the Republican Party that is in a state of denial. That is why the voters threw us out. If we keep going on the same path as before, we might become extinct.
David Torres, Brooksville
More errors from Brown-Waite
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite seems to think that if you say something often enough, it becomes true. I have repeatedly written to her regarding errors and misrepresentations in her mailings. Health care in our country deserves an informed, honest debate. Not repeated scare tactics
She claims heroic efforts on her part to save Medicare, Tricare and VA programs while assuring constituents she will protect them against involuntary "government-run programs" such as, by the way, Medicare, Tricare and VA programs.
It is bewildering at times to see Republicans so passionate about protecting Medicare while decrying the evils of any public programs in the health care debate. And sad to see Republicans being allowed to hold up, for so long, a Senate VA bill to expand benefits to our soldiers and their caregivers and families.
In the health care debate, she cites serious budget concerns, yet she endorsed the White House proposal for a $250 one-time payment to all Social Security recipients and sponsored a bill that would add another $13 billion to our deficit.
In her constituents' letter of Nov. 24, she claims to state "uncomfortable truths." No, Ginny, some are lies and others just dishonest argument. We deserve far better from someone on our payroll. Especially from Rep. Brown-Waite, who is getting 75 percent of her health insurance premiums paid for by us, the taxpayers. If a government-run health care program works so nicely for her, why would it not for the rest of America?
Maggie Dowling, San Antonio
Do tip trash crew, but securely
It's nearing Christmastime, when people consider tips for the garbage collectors who work very hard in all kinds of weather.
If leaving tips outside, it is important to put them out early in the morning and not the night before. Past employees know, as do many others, and walk communities at night to gather the tips for themselves. Please place your tips outside in the morning or give it in person.
My son was a garbage collector six years ago and every Christmas I have wanted to remind people about this.
Phyllis Berg, Hudson
ROPE Center is thankful for help
It is with warm regards that I send this note to thank everyone for the foresight to spearhead and orchestrate the Community Service Council's Thanksgiving Outreach. You have touched the lives of many folks who found themselves in an unfortunate situation this year. The dinners provided to the ROPE Center were a blessing to each and every resident of our facility.
The outreach participants are the very reason I am so proud to have been a past president and past officer of the Community Service Council of West Pasco.
Our mission for the ROPE Center is to partner with the church and community to provide a program to feed, clothe, shelter and provide essential services to prepare the homeless in returning to a life physically, mentally, financially and spiritually; and to share hope and help to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness. We have designed this program to be relevant to the life of the community with a focus on communication with our constituencies by sharing the successes of this program and affirm our position as a focal point for Pasco's homeless.
Sue Campbell, founder and chief executive officer
The ROPE Center
Kind acts bring out best in others
The opinion page of the Dec. 2 Pasco Times had three letters to the editor, each reflecting compassion and a heart that cares. Fortunately, I know two of the writers.
What a pleasure it was to read these missives. When we consider what humaneness means, then we will all, like the letter writers, display kindness and consideration for others. Too often, the media tell of the short shrift people receive in stores, schools and social venues. I like to think those are not prevalent, but anomalies.
The editorial on the same page encouraged Port Richey City Council members to put aside pettiness and opt for negotiation. I'll bet we can find even more positive happenings in our community. If for no other reason, perhaps the coming season will bring out the best in all of us.
Lilyan Dayton, New Port Richey